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Kfigel

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  1. Thanks, Wayne. You kinda confirmed my understanding of the Speedster models of the 1920s. I believe they were a little narrower and lower than a Touring car to give them a more "sporty" look (?). When you throw in the very well known Porsche Speedster, things really get confusing.
  2. Was poking around for info on vintage speedster models and came across this post. Just for my info...a Speedster model from the 1920's was a different model from a Touring car, correct? I know at least Studebaker, Hudson and Marmons in the 1920's offered both Speedster and Touring models. The four door Speedster models were advertised as a 4 passenger auto (like the car in this post) since their bodies were a little narrower and lower than the compariable Touring model. The Touring models usually had jump seats that allowed for six passengers (Speedsters never came with jump seats). So th
  3. The welt around the edge of my front pass door has separated from the door panel material (see photo). Before I contact an upholster to repair it, I wanted to know just how it fits together. Since I put this original post up I found out it is double cord piping that is still available. Anyone want to add anything I'd appreciate it, but I think I'm all set.
  4. I could use the threaded 90 deg. "insert" that fits inside the priming cup for my '22 Studebaker Big Six (photo attached). I think it is a Lunkenheimer brand (but not sure). Anyone have one they'd like to part with or know of a source?
  5. Hadn't thought about the use/non-use of detergent oil...I'm sure the engine has never been apart, but the previous owner (a mechanic) who had the car for five years told me he dropped the oil pan when he got it and cleaned it out good-I know him and have no reason not to believe him. Anyway, in my naivety and at the risk of removing sludge that may be helping in such an old engine, would it be beneficial to run the engine a short time with detergent oil, then replace it with non-detergent oil? I know it would cost a few bucks and some labor, but wondering what your opinions were on tha
  6. Thanks to all for the input. Very helpful, as always.
  7. Am looking to do my first oil change on my '22 Big Six. The owners manual tells me to plan on installing 1-1/2 gal. of new, high quality oil with the weight that matches the temps I'll be driving in; which is 50 - 75 deg. in the northeast. With all the engine oil variations out there today, can anyone recommend a specific type of oil I should use and/or not use? I plan on removing and cleaning the oil screen also. The previous owner (had it for five years) had dropped the oil pan and cleaned it good (and I tend to believe him), so wasn't going to launch into that without cause.
  8. I have a pair of aftermarket "Kozy-Wings" wind wing brackets from the 1920's that I need the piece that actually clamps to the windshield frame. See photo; it's the clamp that has the three screws/bolts in it. Anyone happen to have a set or know of a supplier?
  9. Anyone have a feel if the radiator shrouds for a '22 and '26 Big Six are the same, or close to being the same, size? Pictures I have of both look like they would be but, of course, can't tell exactly by pictures.
  10. Thanks, Larry. Good to have a photo to go with the printed directions.
  11. Thanks for the info and story, Carl. I appreciate it. It sounds like we're a bit of kindred spirits! From your photos your top appears to be in similar, and probably a little better, shape than mine. I purchased my Studebaker Big Six one year ago from a fellow in a small town in Illinois who was at the point of passing on his vehicles to others. He was the third owner since new and all three gentlemen had been neighbors, so the car had never "left" that town. As such I know the complete history, with documentation, of the car from the day it was originally bought. This was definitely on
  12. Thanks, Hugh. This certainly has more detail than my Studebaker owners manual. As you say, it looks very similar. I'll definitely use it as a guide as I attempt my first lowering.
  13. Thanks Scott. I'll use your photos as a guide when I try lowering mine. Better than just having the diagrams.
  14. Yes, I'll definitely look at this. Even though it's a Big Six I don't believe the top would reach back "into" the car, but may wrap upwards nicely on top of the lowered bows.
  15. Ok, the top is only connected to the very front and rear bow, so it would pull away nicely from the the intermediate bows.
  16. Thank you. Hadn't thought about bringing the fabric up to the top of the bows.
  17. Sure, no argument here...I always defer to original info or directions. I guess it really seems to me that the top material, due to age, etc., doesn't lend itself to rolling or folding - almost like a plastic material; which is why I was wondering if anyone had any similar experience or concerns.
  18. Am going to attempt to lower the top on my '22 Studebaker for the first time and wanted to check something. The owners manual direction (copy attached) states to roll the top up after it is lowered and basically tuck it between the first and last bow. Does anyone have any experience that this way reduces the chance of damage to the top as opposed to, say, folding it in between each set of bows as they are lowered? Rolling it would obviously put less stress on it than folds but just wanted to see what others experience might have been. Very sure my top is original and will take it very slow
  19. Am going to attempt to lower the top on my '22 Speedster for the first time and wanted to check something. The owners manual direction (copy attached) states to roll the top up after it is lowered and basically tuck it between the first and last bow. Does anyone have any experience that this way reduces the chance of damage to the top as opposed to, say, folding it in between each set of bows as they are lowered? Rolling it would obviously put less stress on it than folds but just wanted to see what others experience might have been. Very sure my top is original and will take it very slowl
  20. Thanks, Scott. It does possibly indicate that my car had the "one piece" rear seat bottom (just a bench seat), and that another seat was offered (that included the center armrest). Looking close to my photo of it above, it looks to me that the back of the center arm rest is just against the vertical seat back (maybe not attached). The bottom of the arm rest must be attached to the seat bottom but, to me, it's not apparent how. There is no indication at all on my seat bottom that there were provisions to add anything to it.
  21. Thanks for all the info from everyone. I'll carefully try the suggestions but my first motto always is "Do No Harm". I just found it interesting that there sure seems to be a distinct difference between the two painted areas. Good input on why that may be the case.
  22. Thanks, I've looked for some brochures from 1922 when I believe my Speedster model was first introduced but haven't found any to reference. I just have a couple of advertising ads that show this back seat. Very unique and I think adds a bit of "class".
  23. This is interesting...back in my memory I think I saw a period ad or writeup on these cars actually being a dark blue and not necessarily black, but am not sure. Your explanation would point to my car having two paint systems/methods that here 98 years later are reacting differently. I will try a very fine grit rubbing compound.
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